Hello there. My name is Denise Symons. I would like to take a couple of minutes to introduce myself and share my qualifications, teaching experience and teaching philosophy.
I have a Physics degree from the University of York, and my PGCE (Secondary Science 11-18) was gained from the University of Kingston upon Thames in London. Since qualifying as a teacher over 25 years ago, I have taught in various schools, ranging from a single-sex grammar school to large mixed comprehensives in the UK state school system. More recently, I have been working in a mixed independent boarding school and tutoring small groups and individuals online.
I have always been fascinated by the teaching and learning process, so what makes teachers teach better and students learn better. I became a Leader of Teaching and Learning in one of my previous schools, and part of my role was to help and mentor other teachers to help them and their students make improved progress.
As well as striving for all students to achieve the best that they can, I also am very aware that having the right environment, building confidence, and asking the right questions are also vital to maximising student attainment and enjoyment of a subject.
I have helped many students make excellent progress, whether they find Physics and Chemistry tricky or love them, and strive to excel.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing golf, walking, cycling, going to the gym, and travelling when the opportunities arise.
I look forward to sharing my passion for the sciences and my love of learning with you.